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For more information on pursuing trade policy interests through the legislative process, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

Enforcement. The Extending Limits of U.S. Customs Waters Act (introduced Oct. 21 by Sen. Scott, R-Fla.) would extend the customs waters of the U.S. from 12 nautical miles to 24. Scott said this change would double the area of operation in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and other federal authorities can enforce U.S. customs, fiscal, and sanitary laws.

Customs. H.R. 5682 (introduced Oct. 22 by Rep. Barragan, D-Calif.) would reauthorize CBP’s port of entry donations acceptance program. This program allows CBP to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations), and non-personal services from private-sector and government entities for port of entry construction, alterations, operations, and maintenance activities.

Firearms. The Firearm Retailer Code of Conduct Act (H.R 5678, introduced Oct. 22 by Rep. Crow, D-Colo.) would (1) require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers and their employees to undergo annual training to be eligible to sell a firearm and (2) require such licensees to maintain physical security elements to prevent theft and a minimum level of business liability insurance.

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